Blackhawks end slump, stop Rangers

Posted: February 17, 2012

Jonathan Toews scored on a penalty shot to start Chicago's four-goal first period against New York backup Martin Biron as the Blackhawks emphatically snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers on Thursday night in New York.

Toews kicked off the spree just over a minute in, defenseman Nick Leddy doubled the lead 1 minute, 3 seconds later, and Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa added goals to make the score 4-0 before 10 minutes had elapsed.

The Rangers went 0 for 7 on the power play and missed a chance to jump over Detroit to the top of the NHL standings.

Elsewhere: Andy McDonald scored his first goal of the season, and T.J. Oshie had goal and an assist in the St. Louis Blues' 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders in St. Louis. . . . Mike Ribeiro scored at 2:01 of overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in Dallas. . . . Martin St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 4:27 into overtime, Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks, 6-5, in Tampa. - Associated Press

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